Thursday, February 12, 2009
Behind The Scoreboard
Pro Bowl wraps up football
Well, to dredge up a line from “Alice in Wonderland - Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll, ‘“The time has come,’ the Walrus said, ‘To talk of many things, of shoes, of ships of sealing wax, of cabbages and kings.’” Forget the sealing wax and cabbages. How about the big drought that is going to be experienced by all of us football fans who have to wait until August before we can ride the trail of gridiron euphoria that has led us for the last seven months?
Whereas the Pro Bowl had its history-making tidbits and share of enticing oddities, it never carries the same luster as the Super Bowl and does not rise to any matching degree of satisfaction. Granted, the selectees have a high level of enjoyment. What’s not to enjoy? A well paid mini-vacation on the holiday isle of Honolulu, where basking in the sun takes over from grueling sprints on the gridiron.
And it was inevitable, as many of us sportswriters have forecast, that the Manning brothers, like the Williams sisters, would face each other in a very important (if not monumental yet), football game. The first time in Pro Bowl history that brothers have squared off against each other across the aisle. And of course, their legendary dad, Archie, was there to witness.
The Steelers of the AFC had won the Super Bowl, but this time the tables were turned. The NFC won 30-21 in Hawaii and some of the major players from XLIII figured prominently. On the Steelers it was James Farrior, Troy Polamalu and big linebacker James Harrison, who had never run a hundred straight yards in his life. On the winning side, this time, it was QB Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin (Cardinal wide receivers).
Now that that is over, we diehards can go back to thumb wrestling, watching the coaches’ carousel and agonizing with Michael Phelps.
And, oh yeah, all of us Kansas City Chiefs fans can now devote all of our time shopping for a new team.
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